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Metacity window manager - with no extra dependencies.
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PostPosted: Thu 30 Sep 2010, 16:03    Post subject:  

disciple wrote:
OK, just for you Ttuuxxx I've compiled it with gconf support. I tested, and it works, but you'll have to figure out how to configure it, as it still doesn't have maximise/minimise/close buttons by default, and doesn't know where to look for icons or know about Alt-tab or anything (I tested the gconf configuration with `gconftool-2 --type=string --set /apps/metacity/global_keybindings/switch_windows '<Alt>Tab'`, which worked). I'm wondering if maybe that package doesn't set up gconf properly, and it isn't looking for the schemas file?


I made some configuration files to add new key shortcuts to metacity here:


The link with information about any metacity configurable parameter is here:


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PostPosted: Tue 02 Nov 2010, 05:52    Post subject:  

clarf wrote:
disciple wrote:
The main disadvantage of LXpanel is that (last time I checked anyway) they deliberately removed the code to ignore utility windows (and similar things)... the only reason I personally would ever use metacity (or xfce) is because they handle these properly, so I'd want a panel that did too.

Excuse me disciple, What do you mean with ignore utility windows?. Do you mean they removed the ability to ignore notifications send to the taskbar by applications like Pidgin? or do you mean they removed the code and now lxpanel ignore additional applications that want to resides in taskbar?.

Using lxpanel 0.5.5, I can see additional applications minimized in taskbar like Osmo or gtrayicon (used by dropbear Server Launcher or Pwireless 2).

lxpanel seems a nice application, just look at the pic. I can set two panels: one taskbar with tray at bottom, one Application Launcher with Desktop pager at top

An look at htop, the resources used by lxpanel for the two panels are lower than any xfce taskbar plugin.

The only thing that I miss in lxpanel is the JWM ability to swallow a program into the tray.


Sorry clarf, I only just saw your post.
The Utility Window hint is used by recent versions of the Gimp and I can't think of anything else.
Utility Windows are supposed to be kept above the main window of the application, and ignored by panels and task switchers and things. So if you run the Gimp in an environment that recognizes them, only the main Gimp Window is shown in the taskbar, not all the random tool dialogues. And the dialogues are kept on top of the main window so they don't get lost.
Actually there is a similar hint that is often used for open/save dialogues, and I think it has been recently implemented in JWM, so it might not be too difficult to implement utility windows as well.

At one stage utility windows were apparently recognised by LXpanel, but apparently the feature was removed because people wanted the utility windows to show up in their taskbar. I don't know for sure if it is still like that though, as I haven't used Lxpanel for a long time.

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